Then the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still, Behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a very grievous murrain. Exodus 9:1-3
Despite all the signs and wonders Pharaoh and the Egyptians have experiences, he continues to harden his heart and not allow the Israelties free from slavery. God has another test for Pharaoh, this time its going to effect his livestock. Notice in the scripture when it mentions “livestock” it goes on to list horses, camels, oxen, sheep, ect. Basically every animal throughout the land of Egypt
Now to us reading this, we might not think wiping out livestock to be a real big deal or punishment, however consider the time period of this event. Horses, even today, are considered very valuable, especially for the military during this time. Wiping out all the horses would be equivalent to destroying all the tanks in todays military. All the animals were very valuable, as they provided agriculture and livelihood. Without all these animals, this would have a great impact on Egypts economy and military
And the LORD shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children’s of Israel. And the LORD appointed a set time, saying, To morrow the LORD shall do this thing in the land. Exodus 9:4-5
Notice again, God is making a clear distinction between the Egyptians and the Israelites, he will destroy all the Egyptians animals but not the Israelites. This again show us, this event was not just random plague, God was in complete control
Secondly again, is this a foreshadow of the Rapture? God pouring out His wrath on the wicked and unrepented, while sparing His people!
And the LORD did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one. And Pharaoh sent, and, behold, there was not one of the cattle of the Israelites dead. And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go. Exodus 9:6-7
And so it happened , just as God foretold. All the Egyptians animals were killed , while all the Israelites animals were spared. Again even after all these signs and wonders, even after all this time God allowed Pharaoh to repent, what did Pharaoh do? He hardened his heart!
There are probably many people still like Pharaoh today, when they read this , instead of being in awe and fear of God, there hearts become hard and there hatred for God continues to grow. Dont be like Pharaoh, repent before its too late in Jesus Name Amen!